Sunday, May 5, 2013

Easter 2013

As Miles gets older, we have noticed his memory gets longer and longer. (He still sometimes reminds me about the particular gifts that Santa brought him for Christmas). So holidays are starting to mean more and more in our little family. I had plans to do a really great lesson about the true meaning of Easter the week leading up to Easter Sunday, but life got in the way. I did watch some Bible videos with him on the computer that he still talks to me about, so its a step in the right direction.

We did decide to have the Easter Bunny come to our house on Saturday instead of Sunday. This might not always work because of Chris's schedule, but it did this year.

The Easter bunny actually did a really great job hiding the eggs instead of just placing them in plain sight where a toddler could find them.

I think he was pretty excited about the whole process while Hannah was pretty content to just hang out.

The baskets were found on the porch with the appropriate amount of things for little boys and baby girls. The Easter Bunny really felt like adding to much work to his busy week wasn't worth it.

And then I found these ears leftover from Miles first Easter and couldn't resist.

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Miles, 2011

I think cheeks run in our family.

Happy Easter!

Hannah: 8 and 9 months

I've been suffering from some serious lack of motivation when it comes to blogging these days, but I mostly blame it on the fact that we bought a new computer (Chris finally got his Mac), and it's not as intuitive as people make it out to be. But, let's get back around to pretending like I am good at documenting our lives.

Somewhere in between 8 and 9 months, Hannah started crawling which made home life so much easier! She could get to what she wanted making us less needed in here daily life. Don't get me wrong, she is still needy, but less so. Crawling has not been as exciting for Miles though because little sister can now get to his toys before he has the chance to decide what to give her. We've had lots of time outs after he hits or kicks her to get her out of the way.

She eats pretty much anything you put in her mouth. And lots of it. Especially bread. Or ice cream.

She still naps twice per day and goes down for the night around 7 or 7:30. However, she is still waking up twice per night. I might die. I know I should probably make her cry it out or something, but I'm too lazy to get around to it. Seems odd, right. You would think that laziness would lead me to sleep more and feed her less, but I know that I'll have to listen to her cry. And I also know that if I feed her, I can be back to sleep in 10 minutes.

At 9 months, she is still a pretty happy baby. She was a true champ on our trip to Disneyland. However, I could not get a picture with the numbered sign because she grabbed it as soon as I put it down.

She crawls with incredible determination, but also has developed an interesting technique. At first I thought she was doing it only when wearing a dress, but its become her thing. Love her.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Miles and the extraction

For a few months now, I have been talking to Miles about taking away his binky because he is a big boy. We started putting one binky at a a time in the trash on trash day to go bye-bye in the trash truck (one of his favorite things). And then I told him that when he had one more, we could go to a store to put his binky inside a new animal. Sometimes he would get really excited about it, telling me he wanted to put binky in a giraffe or elephant or hippo. Sometimes he would tell me that we should put Hannah’s binky in the animal.

Two weeks ago, he had his last binky and I thought it would be a good idea to at least take him to Build-a-Bear to see what it was about before we made the final extraction. But while we were there, he was so excited, that he told me he wanted to put binky in a puppy. So we did it. Chris wasn’t quite on board with the whole idea, but Miles is almost three, so I knew we needed to do it.

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I have never seen him love a stuffed animal so much. I couldn’t get a picture that wasn’t blurry because he was hugging it and swinging it side to side.

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And then we went home for naptime in which he didn’t nap, but it was hard to determine if he wasn’t napping because of the binky or just because it wasn’t a nap kind of day, he’s been having more and more of those lately.

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The first night was definitely hard. He screamed for Daddy for about an hour before I went back in there to calm him down. And every night since then has been fine, but naps were a bit harder to come by. He went 8 days without a nap before I finally suggested to him that he take a nap in a pack n play just like at grandma’s house. That’s all it took. He only did that for a few days, and since then, he takes naps as regularly as he did before.

Tantrums have gotten a little worse because I think there’s still a little bit of residual emotional trauma going on, but he’s almost three, so it’s part of life. He has become a mouth breather at night, so we use a lot more chap stick now. And, I think his teeth have already started to come down a bit more.

But major parenting milestone accomplished.


We have really enjoyed watching Miles and Hannah interact more and more as she gets older. I especially love to listen to her squeal at him in the back of the car as he sings, or yells, or makes faces, or sometimes throws things at her. Every time I try to take a picture of Hannah, Miles insists on being in it, but he hasn’t really figured out how to sit still next to her and not look like a goof. But I’m looking forward to when they can play together all day and keep each other entertained. Like ALL day.


Hannah: 7 months

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Food: eating lots of solids, cereal puffs, and yogurt melts (the remnants of which you see on her shirt).

Sleep: Mostly two solid naps during the day, and then goes to sleeps about 7 pm to 7 am (with two, sigh, feedings in there).

Transportation: still only rolling over to get around

Hobbies: drooling, giggling at Miles, chewing on anything within her reach, being cute

And now, folks, I am caught up on Hannah's updates.